Sarah Reid

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government

Administrative Law, Public Law & Local Government

Statutory Challenges and Judicial Review.

Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as Junior Counsel for the Crown (Provincial Panel).

Civil Penalties (Immigration).

Ethical Standards work. Previously represented the Ethical Standards Officer for the Standards Board for England and Wales at a number of Adjudication Panel Hearings.


"She is one of the most thorough lawyers that I have ever come across. She is extremely good on matters of detail and fact, very insightful when it comes to the law and someone who manages to put the most complex of matters in ways that clients understand."

Chambers UK


Sarah practices in all areas of Town and Country Planning. She regularly appears for developer, local authority and private clients in Planning Inquiries and Hearings, Enforcement Inquiries, Compulsory Purchase Inquiries, Planning Prosecutions and Development Plan Examination Hearings.

Sarah has extensive experience across the full range of planning matters including housing applications, employment land applications, renewable energy applications, applications concerning heritage assets, advertising and enforcement matters and compulsory purchase.

Sarah regularly advises and appears in statutory challenges and Judicial Review proceedings, and has appeared in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Sarah practices in the field of Highways Law, including advisory work and appearances at Public Path and Definitive Map Modification Order Inquiries. She is the Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice.

Sarah is instructed by the Government Legal Department as Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel).

Sarah also appears in licensing appeals, with particular experience in appeals relating to premises licenses.

Year of Call: 2004


Areas of Expertise

Planning and Environmental Bar Association, National Committee Member

Northern and North Eastern Circuit

Committee Member for Women in Planning North West



Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)

Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice

Member of the Bar Council's Education and Training Committee



LLB Law with Hispanic Law (First Class), University College London.

Hurst Prize, Andrews Prize, Simmonds prize, UCL Dean's List (University College London).

Diploma in Spanish Law, La Universidad de Carlos III, Madrid.

BVC (Outstanding - ranked 1st in the year), College of Law, London.

Lord Denning Scholarship, Megarry Scholarship, Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn).

University Tutor, Property I, University College London 2003 – 2004.



Chambers UK 2019

"Very approachable and confident in her approach to cases." "Very sharp.  Her cross-examinations are good."

Legal 500 2019

"She leaves no stone unturned in a case."

The Planner, Women of Influence 2019

"Sarah is an extremely professional and experienced planning barrister who has been beyond helpful at planning inquiries. Her friendly manner has built my confidence and influenced my experience of inquiries and giving professional evidence."

"Outstanding advice to my local authority in support of the preparation of our local plan. She has been able to articilate the new policy requirements of NPPF/ NPPG in a practical and clear way – not only to my team but to our specialist consultants. Easily one of the best barristers I have worked with in my 20 years as a planner."

"Sarah is one of only three female planning barristers at Kings Chambers. As well as being a national committee member of the Planning and Environmental Law Association, she has been an active member of Women in Planning North West since its inception. Sarah organised inquiry training for Women in Planning event in October 2018, which gave a number of women valuable experience in how to give evidence in inquiry conditions. At least one of these participants has now been asked to give expert witness in a major inquiry, which may not have been possible without Sarah's training and encouragement from. She is always positive and encouraging, and will always take time to be supportive and provide assistance. She is also keen to increase the presence of women at the bar, who at the moment are vastly underrepresented."

Legal 500 2018

"A formidable advocate."

Chambers UK 2018

"Maintains a wide ranging planning practice…she is particularly well versed in planning matters pertaining to residential and retail developments".

"Hard working and very keen to make sure she has fully understood the case and is mapping a way to the best result".

"Very thorough and diligent. She is also very approachable and very hands on".

The Planner

Women of Influence list, 2018

Planning Magazine

Top Rated Junior List, 2018

Chambers UK 2017

"She is one of the most thorough lawyers that I have ever come across. She is extremely good on matters of detail and fact, very insightful when it comes to the law and someone who manages to put the most complex of matters in ways that clients understand."

"She shows a very great attention to detail and is very, very focused”.

 “She is very good at motivating and is a good leader of a team." 

"Attracts plentiful praise".

"She is noted for her expert strategy and effective advocacy style".

Chambers UK 2016

"She is extremely dedicated and motivated, and meticulous in how she goes about things."

"I would pick her out: she is very effective."





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